I absolutely love pizza! All the cheesy, salty, greasy deliciousness! And I’m not the only one. America has a love affair with pizza dating all the way back to 1905, when the first pizzeria was established in New York City. Today’s pizzas bear little resemblance to what they started as. They come in all shapes and sizes, with all sorts of toppings. Most all, though, have one thing in common: CHEESE! A lot of it. Now, I love cheese just as much as the next guy, but that got me thinking. Is it still a pizza without cheese?
My results of this self-appointed challenge are delicious! Handsome Husband and I both agree, we didn’t miss the cheese at all. This pizza has all the flavor and all the good stuff. I had a homemade whole wheat pizza dough in the freezer that I used (that’s why mine isn’t really round), but you can buy a premade crust at the store to save on time. Look for a 100% whole wheat crust to dial up the nutrition!
MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE CHICKEN PIZZA
Makes 8 inch pizza (serves 2 realistically)
8 inch Pizza Crust
6-8 oz Chicken Breast, diced small
1 ½ tsp Olive Oil
½ tsp Lemon Pepper Seasoning
½ cup Hummus (or a little less)
9 Garlic Cloves, roughly chopped
¼ cup sliced Black Olives
2 Tbsp Capers
1/3 cup tomatoes, diced small
1/3 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
1. In a small skillet over medium heat olive oil and sauté chicken breast in lemon pepper seasoning, until just done.
2. Meanwhile, spread the hummus on the pizza crust; it will be thick. Evenly distribute the chicken pieces, garlic, olives, and capers on the pizza.
3. Bake in 450 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes, until crust is crispy and lightly brown.
4. Before serving, sprinkle diced tomatoes and chopped parsley over pizza.
Serve with a tossed salad for a complete meal!
The great thing about a pizza is that it can truly be anything. Don’t be afraid to experiment and see what you come up with!
Happy, healthy eating!